If you are looking for the best place on earth to improove your kiteboarding, don’t look further, French Polynesia is THE place!!!! And we your vacations here…
French Polynesia is an overseas country of the French Republic. Located in the south Pacific, it is made up of 118 islands regrouped in 5 groups:
- Marquesas Islands
- Society Islands
- Tuamotu Archipelago
- Gambier Islands often considered part of the Tuamotu Archipelago
- Austral Islands
Only 67 islands are inhabited. The most famous island being Tahiti in the Society Islands group, which is also the most populous island and the seat of the capital of the territory (Papeete). The islands of French Polynesia have a total land area of 4,167 square kilometres (1,622 sq. mi) scattered over 2,500,000 square kilometres (965,255 sq. mi) of ocean.
French Polynesia has a moderately developed economy, which is dependent on imported goods, tourism, and the financial assistance of mainland France. Tourist facilities are well developed and are available on the major islands. The legal tender of French Polynesia is the CFP Franc.
The total population is about 260,000 inhabitants. The official language is French and most of people speak Reo Maohi, a native language.You’ll be able to find a lot of people who can speak and understand English.
Regarding ethnicity, about 83% of people are Polynesians or mixed Polynesians the so-called Demis (literally meaning “Half”), 12% are Europeans (mostly French), and 5% were East Asians (mainly Chinese). Christianity is the main religion of the islands: a majority (54%) belong to various Protestant churches and a large minority (30%) are Roman Catholic. People are very religious on Sunday morning but religion doesn’t rules everyday’s life. French Polynesian peoples are usually very opened minded on everyone religion and way of life.
There are 53 airports in French Polynesia; 46 are paved. The Faaa International Airport is the only international airport in French Polynesia. Each island has its own airport that serves flights to other islands.
In French Polynesia, you’ll be able to find 3 kinds of islands; all are very old volcanoes not anymore in activity:
- Young island like Marquesas islands who have a no lagoon and huge slopes falling in the ocean,
- Medium aged island with a wide reef lagoon and some small islands around (called Motu) like Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora,
- Older atoll with no more island in the middle and only a huge reef lagoon and low elevated island around like Tuamotus islands.
The climate of the Frenchn Polynesia can be described as warm, tropical climate. Temperatures are warm all year round, usually between 25 and 32°C in the day. Trade winds from the east-southeast bring year long cooling breezes late afternoon and early evening.
If we can call them seasons, there would be 2 seasons in French Polynesia. French Polynesia is situated in the southern Hemisphere, so “Summer” lasts from November to February and “Winter” from April to September. However, there are no significant differences in temperature:
- The tropical rain season is from December to February coinciding with the warmest summer months. The winds are usually lighter. North swells offer nice playgrounds on the north shore.
- The temperatures between April and September are only slightly cooler than from November to February. This is the season of strong south and east south east trade winds. Be prepared to ride in a variety of great lagoons and for the adrenaline junkies huge reef breaks…
Typhoons can sometimes hit French Polynesia from end January to mid March. However, these storms are mostly not a danger for the Islands, because the usual routes of these storms are often too far south in the southern hemisphere.
Major sports in french Polynesia is vaa’a (canoe paddling), sport fishing, surfing and kiteboarding. If surfing is very technical and engaged on reef brakes and usually limited for good surfers, kiteboarding offers a wide diversity with blue water lagoons and white sand beaches, beach and reef breaks, open water cruising… Whatever is your kiteboarding level, French Polynesia is THE perfect playground!!!
What to bring with you? : Lightweight cotton clothing is advised throughout the year, with an umbrella or raincoat for sudden cloudbursts… But more important is a swim suit, lots of sunscreen, and a couple of sunglasses!!! Some mosquitoes repellent may be useful in some islands. All year around, a 9 or a 10 is the perfect kite for a 75 kg rider. A twin tip and a surfkite would be the perfect toys. Wanna bring a bigger kite for light wind days? Why not but there are so many things to do and visit here !!!!